Benefit cuts blamed for 51% surge in use of bailiffs for council tax debts

London has seen a 51% hike in the use of bailiffs to chase down the debts from the capital’s poorest households.

Three years after the localisation of council tax support (CTS) to London boroughs, council tax arrears are up and London has seen a 51% hike in the use of bailiffs to chase down the debts from the capital’s poorest households, a new report from Z2K and Child Poverty Action Group reveals.

The report finds 19,212 London claimants of council tax support were referred to bailiffs in 2015/16 for council tax arrears – up from 12,692in 2014/15.(1) This is despite a small decrease in court summonses issued.

Although fewer Londoners claimed council tax support in 2015/16, the number of households in arrears rose to 131,572 in the year to March 2016 – up from 123,000 in March 2015.

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